A little guessing game for regular readers of The Turner Report and for regular viewers of local 5 p.m. TV newscasts.
One station led with coverage of the double murder that horrified Carthage over the weekend. The other had its news anchor saying, "I know Diane Sawyer is interviewing Brad Pitt tonight and I'm so excited about it." She didn't even mention that her station does not carry Ms. Sawyer's Primetime Live program.
I will give you a few seconds to think about it.
KODE is probably thanking me for leaving that station out of the comparison, but of course, I was writing about KOAM (with the coverage of the Carthage murders) in its news program and KSNF's Tiffany Alaniz with more of the hardhitting news coverage that has made "Live with Gary and Tiffany" appointment viewing.
At least Ms. Alaniz was appropriately dressed when she finally got around to delivering the information about the Carthage double murders and other actual news about five minutes into the broadcast. I have received e-mails telling me that the other day she was wearing a formal outfit which quite nearly revealed things that should not be revealed on local television. I did not see this, but in the interest of good journalism and proper research, if anyone happened to tape that, get in touch with me.
Shortly after the Brad Pitt comment, the big topic was some sort of problem with weatherman Gary Bandy's foot. At the same time, KOAM was showing video of a car chase in California. All right, neither one of those things really belongs on the 5 p.m. news, so I'll leave that one alone.
Am I too old fashioned to believe that the news is the news and should not be a variety show (a second rate variety show at that).